Watch: Trailers For Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

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The difficulty with evaluating the Oscar nominated shorts is that many of the short films are not widely released. Pixar has been screening shorts worldwide with its feature films, but many of the other studios’ films tend to evade Oscar viewers. Five animated shorts have been nominated for an Academy Award this year: Dimanche, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar’s La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. Check out plot synopses, clips and trailers from all the nominees after the jump! [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Director Enrico Casarosa Reacts To Oscar Nomination

Enrico Casarosa. Photographer: Deborah Coleman. ©Disney/Pixar.  All Rights Reserved.

It is always an early morning when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces Oscar nominees, but if you are one of those nominees, the morning is likely to be a bit easier to handle. La Luna is Pixar’s representative at the Academy Awards this year, which has the director of the short, Enrico Casarosa, “over the moon.” He released a statement thanking the Academy and expressing his gratitude. Read on to check out his full statement. [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Nominated For Animated Short Oscar

LA LUNA

The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, with the usual surprise or two making an appearance (cough, Extremely Loud, cough). The nomination for Pixar’s newest short, La Luna, however, did not come at a shock, as the film has been capturing the hearts of critics all over the world. Nominated in a field of five in the Animated Short Film category, the short is the directorial debut of Enrico Casarosa. Jump ahead to view all five nominees! [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Hardcover Coming Soon

La Luna Book Cover

La Luna has been receiving an extraordinary amount of attention in the awards sector for its charming visuals and plot. It was recently shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Oscar in the “Best Animated Short” category, and it hasn’t even seen wide release yet (it is coming to theatres nationwide with Brave on June 22). The beautiful short is all set to become one of the most beloved Pixar shorts (it’s that good), so there will surely be shoppers looking to own a piece of the film. As luck would have it, they will have the chance – a La Luna hardcover will be making its way into bookstores later this year. [Read more...]

‘Cars 2′ and ‘La Luna’ Nab 8 Annie Nominations

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Last year, Pixar and Disney sat out the Annie Awards, which focus on the animation industry, as the studios had issues with the voting process. News arrived a few months ago, though, that the problems had been resolved to the animation studios’ liking. Following the controversy, Pixar submitted Cars 2 and La Luna for consideration by the International Animated Film Society. Nominations have just been announced and the two Pixar films are contesting for eight awards. Check out all the nomination categories after the jump. [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Shortlisted For Animated Short Oscar

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First there were 44, and now there are only 10. Ten animated shorts have advanced to the next part of the voting process on the path to the Academy Awards. La Luna, the animated short Pixar submitted to the Academy, is one of the 10 moving along. Pixar has been a mainstay in this category, just like with animated feature, so it comes with no surprise that the Enrico Casarosa-directed short is playing in the big leagues. La Luna is easily one of the best shorts to come out of the studio, and it definitely has a shot at claiming the prize on Oscar night. More details and the full press release after the jump. [Read more...]

Interview: Enrico Casarosa Discusses ‘La Luna’

LA LUNA

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with La Luna director Enrico Casarosa and talk to him about his work on the short that has been generating a good deal of buzz. Topics of discussion include the short’s journey from inception of the idea to getting it made, how Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter suggested they screen it at film festivals, that the short will be eligible for eligible for accolades this awards season, and the bold visual and sound choices made to give the film a unique voice. We also briefly hit upon a certain Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs that Casarosa will be working on next. For the first time, I am also including the audio of the interview, so if you would rather listen to our discussion, you have that option. Continue on for my in-depth interview with the director of one of Pixar’s newest (and most magnificent) shorts. [Read more...]